Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in NYC
Sakura Matsuri 2014/Cherry Blossom Festival – Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- The BBG has the most lavish celebration of cherry blossoms in New York City. This year, the weekend-long festival takes place on Saturday, April 26-Sunday, April 27 and includes Japanese cultural activities, music and art. Kids will enjoy sword fighting, Taiko drumming, manga artists, children’s workshops, a puzzle plaza and all of the people dressed up in Japanese costumes. However, the BBG’s Cherry Blossom Festival also draws huge crowds, so you might want to visit the Garden’s famous Cherry Blossom Esplanade earlier in the season, especially since the trees are already blooming.
Randall’s Island Cherry Blossom Festival – East Harlem
- The activity-packed Randall’s Island is hosting its second annual fest on Saturday, May 3. In addition to checking out the isle’s collection of cherry blossoms, families can enjoy demos and tastings of cherry blossom tea, kite flying, face painting, origami and other fun.
Riverside Park Cherry Walk – Morningside Heights
Riverside Park has its own Sakura Park with a beautiful Cherry Walk featuring trees gifted from Japan exactly 100 years ago. The cherry trees are located between 100th and 125th Streets.
Queens Botanical Garden Cherry Circle – Flushing
It has a beautiful Cherry Circle. In addition, on Sunday, April 27, the garden hosts an Arbor Festival with gardening and environmental workshops and demos, a beer tent and children’s activities.
New York Botanical Garden – the Bronx
Although NYBG’s Cherry Valley doesn’t get a fest, the blossoms are still sweet. There are more cherry blossoms scattered throughout the Ross Conifer Arboretum too. While you’re there, you can catch the annual Orchid Show (through Monday, April 21).
Central Park – Manhattan
- Central Park is a great place to view cherry blossoms and have a picnic. There are several spots to find cherry blossoms in Central Park. Some of the best ones are on the bridal path at 90th Street, East Drive at 66th Street, the east side of the Boathouse at 74th Street and Cherry Hill mid-park at 72nd Street just west of Bethesda Terrace.
Four Freedoms Park Roosevelt Island - Manhattan
- Located under the 59th Street Bridge, across from the United Nations, Roosevelt Island has 600 cherry trees along the west promenade of the island leading to Four Freedoms Park (Roosevelt Island is two miles long, running parallel to East 46th up to East 85th Streets in Manhattan).
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